Gorkha Food Security Situation July-November 2013

The district (Cluster A: 51 VDCs, B:7 VDCs, and C:9 VDCs) is in Minimal Food Security Situation in this monitoring period. The production of major crop maize is found to be good. More than 70% households have food stock for more than 4 months. Market stock was sufficient to meet the demand of the people. Price of rice (Sona Mansuli) has been increased by 13.5% compared to last year but it is similar to last cycle. There was income from Orange (Rs 234.78 Million), Vegetables (Rs. 23.88 Million) and livestock and livestock products (Rs 722.4 Million). There was Rs 6.11 million income from the sale of herbs. There was 31.25 million rupees income from the sale of cardamom. There was income from the tourism. 3345 tourist entered in the district. There are about 70 hotels for tourist and each hotel earned 700000 to 100000 rupees in this season. Total 600 million rupees has been entered in the district as penison and remittance reprting period. The malnutrition rate 0.58%. There was no occurrence of epidemic and climatic hazards.  The water and sanitation situation is good in the district. 80 % people have access to drinking water and 73 % people have access to toilet, 19 VDCs declared  as as ODF. There was no climatic hazzards and The security situation was normal during this monitoring period.

Food Security Outlook

The food security situation is likely to remain same (mimimal food insecure) in the next cycle. Current household food stock is sufficient for more than 4months. Paddy and millet will be harvested. There will be regular income from vegetables, cardamom, orange, livestock, and employment opportunities. Remittance flow will be regular. HHs will adopt traditional coping mechanism such as consumption of food kept in stock(own production and imported).  Due to functional road, there will be sufficient food available in the markets. There will be no climatic hazards and spread of epidemic diseases. Civil security situation is expected to be normal.